5 Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Cape classic released a year later than Paul Sauer, needing time to show its best. Dark & brooding 16 (95 pts) has aristocratically austere edge to its cassis & cigarbox notes & full-flavoured generosity. Absorbs 50% new oak easily; big tannins not formidable even in youth.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
Firm, serious, robust & showing little – but not too much – of the heat of the 2016 vintage, this was released a little later to allow it to soften in the bottle. Dense and compact with layers of damson and black cherry fruit and scented new oak. One to tuck away in the cellar. 2022-2028
90 pts Wine Advocate June 2022
Possessing a deep magenta core with a dark ruby edge, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon emanates with aromas of brown baking spices from the 50% new French oak, followed by a dusty profile of dark red fruits with hints of dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is similar to a young Bordeaux from a warm vintage, with fleshy fruit and firm tannins that grip the gumline. The wine displays a long, complex finish that should last past its 15th birthday. Be sure to have some roasted meats on hand to enjoy with this lovely bottle. Give it a try. 2021-2032